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Palau de la Música Catalana

Strangely enough, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the so-called "building that epitomises Catalan art nouveau" wasn't designed by Gaudí, but by his contemporary Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Barcelona, 1850-1923). This concert hall in Barcelona, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an artistic landmark of outstanding beauty and a highly prestigious music venue.

Barcelona built one of its most magnificent buildings – the Palau de la Música Catalana – in just under three years, from 1905 to 1908. It was built at the behest of the choral society, the Orfeó Català, and commissioned from the architect and politician Domènech i Montaner. His team of associates included some of the foremost artists of the age, including Pau Gargallo and Eusebi Arnau, who created the sculptures, Antoni Rigalt who made the stained glass, Lluís Bru, who designed the mosaics, and Miquel Blai, who carved the sculptural group La Cançó (Song), on the corner of the building. The architect, in a modernista style, designed an innovative iron structure which made it possible to incorporate glass walls to allow more light inside the building. The floral motifs make the interior of the auditorium a true feast for the eyes, giving the Palau de la Música Catalana of Barcelona the appearance of a greenhouse with lush flowers and plants.

The expansion of the Palau, supervised by the architect Òscar Tusquets, has made the entire exterior wall at the side visible, realising Domènech i Montaner's dream. The project also created a new 600-seater underground auditorium, the "Petit Palau", and a restaurant, "El Mirador del Palau".

General details


Address: Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6 (08003). Barcelona
Phone: 932 957 200
Web site: www.palaumusica.cat
E-mail: visites@palaumusica.cat
Opening time: July, daily from 10am to 6 pm. | August, daily from 9am to 8pm.
Rest of the year, daily from 10am to 3.30pm



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Accessibility details


The Palau de la Música Catalana has no architectural barriers. You don’t have to go to a concert to see the building because the Palau runs daily architectural guided tours adapted to the needs of different groups.

To book a tour for disabled people: Tel.: 932 957 215

There are special seating areas available in the auditorium for people with disabilities attending concerts. We recommend you phone 902 442 882 when you buy your tickets to ensure you have a place.

There is a medical service available during concerts. It is located in the foyer of the Petit Palau.
Visual impairment
The descriptions and route of the guided tours are adapted to the needs of blind and visually impaired visitors. Visitors can touch decorative elements such as stained glass and ceramic details under the supervision of the guide.

The lift button panels are in Braille and relief lettering.
Guide dog Tactile elements Braille
Motor impairment
Wheelchair users should use the entrance on the Plaça del Foyer. The main entrance, which has revolving doors, also has emergency doors which can be opened to allow wheelchair access.

There are no accessibility problems inside the Palau. The building has different levels which are connected by spacious lifts.

The main auditorium and the auditorium in the Petit Palau have areas reserved for wheelchair users. Seats 1,3,5,2,4 and 6 in the circular rows in the stalls in the main auditorium have space for wheelchairs. Boxes 11 and 13 on the second tier have room for two wheelchairs each. The auditorium in the Petit Palau has three spaces for wheelchairs on the back row of the balcony, although more space can be provided upon request.

The Palau has two adapted toilets: one in the ground floor lobby of the Petit Palau, and another on the balcony of the main auditorium. The Petit Palau has separate adapted toilets for men and women.

The pay-on-exit car parks near the Palau de la Música have reserved parking spaces for disabled people. There are two designated disabled parking spaces on Carrer Ortigosa.

Last update: 08/09/2011

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